January 2014

OIC Announces New Seminar Series for 2014

(CHICAGO) January 23, 2014 - The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its evening seminar schedule for the first half of 2014, including the introduction of a new three-part series offered in various cities throughout the U.S.

Earlier this month OIC rolled out the Options Education Program, which combines online offerings and a network of leading industry professionals to provide investors with a comprehensive education platform. This includes evening seminars with updated curriculum presented over the course of three weeks (a monthly series is being offered in New York City). Attendees will learn the benefits of investing with options and gain insight into basic and intermediate level options strategies. They will also learn options-pricing concepts, exercise and assignment, as well as hands-on techniques such as entering orders, and managing trades. All seminars are free and taught by options market professionals.

The 2014 winter and spring schedule will offer 23 seminars from February 4 through May 21 in the following cities: New York, NY; Costa Mesa, CA; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Parsippany, NJ; Austin, TX; San Jose, CA. The seminars will take place on weekdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Interested parties can obtain a detailed schedule (including dates and locations) and also register via OIC's website or by calling 1-888-OPTIONS (1-888-678-4667). Registration is required and seating is limited.

Course descriptions:

Presentation 1: Options Fundamentals
In this class, attendees will get a solid foundation to build upon as they continue the series. Topics covered include the benefits of investing with options, basic uses of long calls and long puts, an exploration of the different asset classes that can be traded with options and basic-level strategies for options investors.

Presentation 2: Trading & Understanding Risk
The second presentation in this series explains basic investing techniques utilizing options. The instructor will explain how to calculate market exposure of options positions, how to measure risk and reward potential, and options-pricing concepts. After completing this class, attendees will have a working understanding of using options to invest and manage risk.

Presentation 3: Option Trade Management
This class is designed to help attendees gain the skills needed to make better investing choices and manage investments properly. Attendees will learn hands-on techniques on how to enter options orders using an online broker, how to manage trades and stress test positions, and how options can help achieve their investment objectives.

About OIC
OIC is an industry cooperative funded by BATS Options, BOX Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, MIAX Options, NASDAQ OMX, NYSE, and OCC. OIC was formed in 1992 to educate investors and their financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. OIC's resources include: Investor Services live help at 1-888-OPTIONS, its educational website at, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, and educational literature.

Press Contacts

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OIC Participant Exchanges:

  • BOX
  • Cboe
  • MIAX
  • Nasdaq
  • NYSE

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